Grimm Episode 102
"Bears Will be Bears"
Written By: David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf
Directed By: Norberto Barba
Original Airdate: 4 November 2011
In This Episode...
A young couple, Gilda and Rocky, break into a mansion in the woods. They eat fancy cheese, drink expensive wine, wear furs and diamonds, and have sex in the beds. The homeowners come home. Gilda makes it out the window, but Rocky isn't so lucky. Gilda is chased by a shadowy figure that walks upright like a human, but growls and snarls like a beast. She drives directly to the police station and admits to breaking and entering, but begs the cops for help finding Rocky.
When Nick and Hank go investigate at the Bray home, Wu and his team are already there, investigating the burglary. There is no sign of Rocky, and no sign that he was killed there. That's because he wasn't. He was taken into the forest by Barry Bray, the Brays' 18-year-old son. Unbeknownst to father Frank, mother Diana has been encouraging Barry to participate in the "old ways" in an attempt to honor their heritage. The Brays are jagerbars, and the most important custom is the rojat, which Monroe describes as a jagerbar Bar Mitzvah. At age 18, the jagerbar sets loose a victim in the forest, and hunts them down ritualistically. Barry and his two thuggish friends are keeping Rocky in a cave while they booby trap the forest. Gilda has since returned to the Bray house, armed with a gun and determined to find Rocky. Barry tackles her down in front of his proud mother, and adds her to the hunt.
Hank and Nick return to the Brays in search of Gilda. Frank just got home, and Diana hasn't seen her. Hank patrols the forest, and Nick doesn't beat around the bush. "I know who you are; you know who I am. This will ruin your son's life." Frank had no knowledge of what his wife and son have been up to, so he is happy to help Nick. They head into the forest, but with Frank's jagerbar speed, he finds them first and insists it stop. It doesn't stop until a fully transformed bear attacks - and falls victim to one of the booby traps. The bear is Diana; the trap is a pit full of pikes which she impales herself on. In the end, Barry and his friends are arrested for kidnapping and attempted murder; Gilda and Rocky for breaking and entering; and Diana is taken to the hospital. Only Frank escapes this mess.
Also: the captain pulls the protective detail off Marie, so Nick begs Monroe to stand guard for a few hours. This goes against everything Monroe believes in, but he does it, and chases off a couple of thugs who keep doing pass-bys of Marie's room. Things get out of hand, and Monroe is done. Nick is on his way anyway, which is good because Monroe didn't get them all. A man dressed as a preacher sneaks into Marie's room, but she isn't going down without a fight. The two fight, tumbling into the hallway. For a sickly woman, she has surprising strength. She jams the priest's scalpel into his gut, killing him, and Nick arrives just in time to catch Marie as she slumps to her death. Later, at Marie's gravesite, a creature watches from the shadows...
Dig It or Bury It?
I have to admit, I'm glad Marie is finally dead. It seemed like every scene she was in, it was her whispering, "I have so much to tell you... but so little time." Well, maybe if you stopped whining about how much you have to tell, you could actually tell it.
I still feel like Grimm hasn't found its footing yet. It wants to be a procedural, but it is much better at being a monster show. Therefore, I feel the police stuff kind of fails, which drags down the show - even the competent monster bits.
...Bears. Yup, it's Goldilocks and the Three Bears - without the porridge.
Monroe is in the basement, beating up a couple would-be assassins. He loses control and rips one guy's arm off at the shoulder. Realizing what he has done, he drops the bloody limb. "Okay, that went a little too far." He runs.
Monroe has begrudgingly joined forces with Nick to help him investigate the monster of the week.